Abortion is such a polarizing issue. I think the one thing we forget sometimes is that abortion involves real people who need God’s love. There’s more than one victim in every abortion.
I had the pleasure of meeting Meg Perez several years ago and recently reconnected with her. I asked her to share her abortion story and how an encounter with Jesus impacted her life. Her story is one of pain and redemption. Today as we remember the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and pray for an end to abortion, let us remember to pray for all victims of abortion and all those involved in the abortion industry. Evil is not conquered by hate, but by love.
Watch Meg’s Story and read more below….
Meg Perez’s Full Story
Meg Perez grew up as the youngest of four children in a middle class home. She was raised Catholic and attedned Catholic schools through 12th grade. Although her family was religious, her childhood was tumultuous. Verbal and physical abuse were prevalent in her home and she was the victim of sexual abuse at a very young age. Despite the chaos, God was the one stable force in Meg’s life. Even at a young age, Meg loved Him fiercely and was devoted to Him.
At the age of 15, on her first date, Meg was raped. At this age she also developed an eating disorder that would last for 30 years. She also began to abuse alcohol. The pain resulting from all of these traumas through the first 15 years of her life began eating away at her faith, her intent to follow God, and live a pure life until marriage. She felt absolutely worthless as a human being.
Meg graduated from high school at 17, entered the Military, and became a United States Marine at the age of 18. Within months she endured two more rapes – both alcohol related. A relationship with a fellow Marine followed and resulted in an unplanned pregnancy. Meg lovingly made adoption plans for her firstborn son in 1985. The loss of her son was devastating and once out of the Military, she wandered aimlessly, without focus in her life.
By age 28, and by the grace of God once again, she got her life back on track. Meg went back to school and began a career in TV News. First as a reporter, then a Producer and Executive Producer. She worked all over the country, eventually landing in Miami, Florida. It is there that she met her husband and got married. Two years after their wedding, Meg and her husband decided to start a family. The first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 7 weeks. Months later they would learn they were expecting again. This pregnancy resulted in the birth of her son, who is now 11. Unfortunately, two more pregnancies ended in miscarriage. the last was twins. At the same time as the last miscarriage, she was also going through an unexpected, painful divorce.
Newly divorced and a single mother, Meg began another relationship and at age 41 she found herself pregnant again. She was happy about the pregnancy, however the father was not excited and told her he would not support her emotionally, or financially. He insisted she have an abortion.
Feeling trapped, both spiritually and emotionally, Meg quickly made the decision to get an abortion and pushed to have it done as soon as possible. Meg aborted her daughter just before 8 weeks of pregnancy in July of 2007, a decision she regretted before the abortion ever began. She attempted to go on with her life, got remarried and started a new business, but her shame and her pain from the loss of her daughter, were unbearable.
After living with the pain of abortion on her heart for nearly 6 years, in what Meg calls “the darkest night of my soul”, she had a supernatural encounter with Jesus on December 16, 2013. She gave her life to Christ on that day and has never looked back. That encounter with Jesus Christ changed everything for her. Jesus healed her of a 30-year eating disorder, exercise addiction, abuse of alcohol, and several other destructive behaviors.
Having recently sold her business, an athletic accessory company, Meg is following God’s call on her life. She now shares her testimony as a Pro Life Speaker in schools, churches, and other organizations. She is making her pain her platform. To reach Meg or book her as a Speaker, please contact her:
Twitter: Meg @AbortionStory